As perfect for a romantic honeymoon as it is for a relaxed family holiday, Velassaru is an “affordable chic” Maldives option but don’t let that fool you – this is, without doubt, a 4* resort with a 5* attitude.

Decorated in a minimalist chic style, the entire resort has a laid-back and spacious feel with a real sense of place. Conveniently located at the northern extremity of the South Male Atoll; a mere 25 minutes after your international flight touches down in Male, you’ll be kicking off your shoes and enjoying a welcome drink at Velassaru!

The water villas are situated around one of the biggest and bluest lagoons you will ever see and you can request either sunrise or sunset views. However, my own personal room of choice when I stayed in 2017 was the beach pool villa – the huge, outdoor bathroom and lush, tropical garden leading on to an uninterrupted horizon view was simply spectacular. For clients craving the ultimate privacy, I would recommend requesting numbers 101 to 135 as these are the most set back from the white sand beach.

To relax before dinner, why not sip a cocktail and listen to live acoustic music in “Fen” – the modern beachfront lounge bar that faces the east and overlooks the gorgeous infinity pool? Or, enjoy a tapas supper and a sun downer (while literally watching the sun go down) in “Chill”, the west-facing lounge bar. You’ll be spoilt for choice!

Gastronomy is taken very seriously by Carlos, the head chef, and every morsel I ate at Velassaru was truly delicious. You can choose to dine in “Vela” the world gastronomy buffet restaurant; in “Etesian” the elegant Mediterranean fine dining restaurant (where I recommend the tuna, served with coriander salsa, that is locally caught and delivered fresh each day); in “Turquoise” the intimate yet informal restaurant; in “Teppanyaki” the overwater Asian and Japanese restaurant; or even in “Sand” which, as the name suggests, is right on the beach and offers romantic oceanfront dinners – just for the two of you.

Speaking of romance, one lucky couple is selected at random each evening to receive a romantic surprise but I couldn’t possibly say what…….. that would be telling! However, one thing I can tell you is that you won’t regret choosing heavenly Velassaru for your perfect honeymoon or holiday.

Feeling inspired? Get in touch to book your very escape to the lovely Velassaru!

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